Fish (Season 32,739) Returns 182 (7,397) Rod average 2.71 (4.42)
It’s been a good week for quality grown on fish at Rutland Water. Specimen Browns have been reported, along with some very impressive Rainbows, despite a combination of unsettled weather and winds steadying sport a little. Fish are turning their attention to the massive abundant fry population this season; we are also seeing fish stuffing themselves with good numbers of snails.
With the biggest Brown this week recorded at 7lb 2oz there are reports of bigger Browns returned and going into double figures for both bank and boat anglers.
Rainbows of just under 6lb were recorded by one bank angler who took a brace of fish for 10lb 9oz. These big fish are widely spread from the bottom and middle of the South Arm, fishing lodge frontage to Fantasy Island, Whitwell Point (far side on the map) to the Monument, with some superb specimens.
George Moore Memorial Trophy (rudder) 26 October
This match was fished in very wet, cold conditions but still produced some excellent fish. Prizes were awarded for the best brace of fish and won by a brace weighing a very creditable 13lb 0oz, comprising Browns of 7lb 2oz and 5lb 14½oz caught from the South Arm. The best Rainbow in the match weighed 4lb 8oz.
Prospects look very good for specimen fish, again settled weather would be a nice option, but there’s never been a better time for that ‘fish of a lifetime’ at Rutland. Demand for boats is very high. This coming weekend Rutland will be hosting the ‘Zander Masters’; please call the fishing lodge to check for boat availability. Tackle shop opening hours are 8am to 4pm to the end of October and 8am to 2pm from 1 November.
Don’t miss Rutland’s Fur and Feather bank match on Sunday 2 December. Call 01780 686441 for details.
Best Rainbow – 5lb 14oz.
Best Brown – 7lb 2oz.
Best boat areas - Main basin, New Zealand Point, fishing lodge frontage, Yellowstone, Normanton to Fantasy Island.
Best bank areas – Sykes Lane to Whitwell front, fishing lodge frontage, Normanton to the Dam.
Best bank methods – Fry patterns (large and small), nymphs.
Best boat methods – as for bank but include various sinking lines, tubes, snakes and blobs etc.
Anglian Water Rudder Match 16 November
Anglian Water Fur & Feather (bank) 1 December
Beginners courses: 2 & 10 November; 8 December; 4 January 2020.
Boat handling courses: 30 October; 4 November.